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Plays and Players, Set 2, Theater Scrapbooks Collection

Identifier: spe-ctc-pp2

Scope and Contents

Though the compiler of this set of “Plays and Players” scrapbooks carefully recorded the names of her theater-going companions, she herself remains anonymous. The volumes include programs, pictures and numerous newspaper clippings, as well as the compiler’s own comments in many cases. There are programs for operas, concerts, plays and a selection of ballet and early modern dance programs. Volume 5 of this series contains only lecture programs and has not been included in the index for the set.


  • 1908 - 1912

Conditions Governing Access

Materials open without restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

This set of scrapbooks was received by the Chicago Public Library as a gift in February 1968 and transferred to the Special Collections Division at some later date. The donor’s name is not recorded, but there is some evidence that the volumes at one time belonged to Max Maier, a collector of Chicago theater memorabilia who was known to readers of the Chicago Tribune “Line O’ Type or Two” column as “Max of the Second Gallery.”


1 Linear Feet (in 5 boxes, includes 5 scrapbooks)

Language of Materials



The compiler of this scrapbook series remains anonymous. The volumes include programs, newspaper clippings and the compiler’s comments and notes. Productions represented include operas, concerts, plays and dance.


The scrapbooks remain bound in their original order. The collection inventory is arranged alphabetically by production title for ease of use.

  • Box PP2-1, Volume 1, 1908-1909
  • Box PP2-2, Volume 2, 1909-1910
  • Box PP2-3, Volume 3, 1910-1911
  • Box PP2-4, Volume 4, 1911-1912
  • Box PP2-5, Volume 5, Lectures, 1908-1912

Note: Volume 5 of this series (Lectures) is not indexed.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Chicago Public Library in 1968

Related Materials

Chicago Theater Collection, historical programs and scrapbooks

Guide to the Plays and Players, Set 2, Theater Scrapbooks Collection
Original author unknown. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Sarah Zimmerman, 2022.
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Unit at Harold Washington Library Center Repository

Harold Washington Library Center, 9th Floor
Chicago Public Library
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Chicago IL 60605 United States
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